March 14, 2018: SCIENCE / FICTION: "We are Here," works by Kaitlin Moore

Brodsky Gallery show "We Are Here" will feature works of wide field astrophotography from University of Pennsylvania senior Kaitlin Moore. The show will open with SCIENCE / FICTION, a discussion – moderated by the artist – between writers, scientists, and scholars on how to work among similar concepts through different means.

Earth lies about a third of the way along one of the vast spiral arms of dust and light and that compose the Milky Way Galaxy. Estimated to be some 100,000 light-years wide and 1,000 light-years thick, the Milky Way contains more than a thousand million stars. To photograph these celestial bodies, to peer back through time and see them as they were millions of years ago, is to glimpse some ancient core of understanding. Astrophotography is an attempt at grasping the workings of the universe, to peer further and to find something more beyond our world's fretful compass. The practice allows us to point to a starscape and proclaim simply: we are here.

This show and program are co-curated by Kaitlin Moore and Connie Yu.

Kaitlin Moore is a time traveller, tourist, and newly discovered cryptid. Combining an inexplicable love of physics with a stubborn attachment to writing, Kaitlin crafts (with varying degrees of success) stories that experiment with time, space, and superpositive cats that are both alive and dead. She is the author of four novels, and her works of short fiction, poetry, and photography have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Stylus, Supplement, Tinge, and others. She just wants to take a nap.

January 17, 2018: A/PUBLIC: a group show of femme / queer Asian artists

A/PUBLIC : a group show of femme / queer Asian artists, is a convening of artists of a particular community, not only calling upon shared identity, but also assembling toward differential cultural learning and political processing; same cities, component archives. Here, at the Kelly Writers House, we mark a space and time to call for our audience, share our practice, test our designations, and navigate what onward looks like to us. Up for discussion, by and for us: How to bear illegible and erasable archives into a future? How to tease the topos of diaspora into local entity? How to make together for each other?

A/PUBLIC, on show through March 5, will feature painting, prints, and videowork from 15 Philadelphia/New York artists. Also available for critical browsing: a temporary library of the artists' collected books & ephemera, and a print object of texts from local artists, writers, and kin. This public program – featuring a lecture by Joan Oh, a reading by Oki Sogumi, and a video screening by Eva Wǒ, and a performance by Maya Yu Zhang – will open with a reception at 7PM.

This group show and program are co-curated by Adrienne Hall, Monika Uchiyama, and Connie Yu. Artists on show include Soumya Dhulekar, Quinha Faria, Charlotte Greene, Adrienne Hall, Cole Lu, LuLu Meng, Marria Nakhoda, Joan Oh, Anydrienne Palchick, Provisional Island, Cecilia Salama, Monika Uchiyama, Alina Wang, Eva Wǒ, and Maya Yu Zhang.

November 15, 2017: Interfaces: Work by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Collage poems as an inter-art practice characterize recent work by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, featured at the Brodsky Gallery through December 21, 2017. These collage poems, in serial groups like Churning the Ocean of Milk, Life in Handkerchiefs, and Numbers, are charged by DuPlessis's mix of aphorism, aesthetic perception, and sociopolitical comment. A bright visuality, intense poetic commentary, and a confrontative intertextuality combine in these personable and evocative works on paper, which negotiate the afterlife of debris by vibrant uses of its traces. INTERFACES will open on November 15 with an illustrated talk by DuPlessis on selected collage poems, and a reading from her newly-released Days and Works.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, poet, critic, collagist is the author of Drafts (written 1986 through 2012). Post-Drafts books include Interstices (2014), Graphic Novella (2015), Days and Works (2017), as well as Numbers (a collage poem from Materialist Press) and Around the Day in 80 Worlds (BlazeVOX), both slated for 2018. Her critical books include The Pink Guitar, Blue Studios, and Purple Passages - a trilogy on gender, poetry and poetics. She has edited the Selected Letters of George Oppen, and The Oppens Remembered, coedited The Objectivist Nexus, and has written on Oppen, Zukofsky and Niedecker.


September 6, 2017: Things Fixed and Stuck

Our September show is organized around intentional objects — circumstantial, accumulated, habitual, sentimental — and what to make of, and from, them. This group show will consider spatial and discursive ways of positioning oneself that complicate what the production of material life looks like. Owen Ahearn-Browning, Aimee Gilmore, and Emily Slater, three interdisciplinary artists working in the hold and care of objects, will show work and the stories, orientations, and languages situated therein.

Open thru November, Things Fixed and Stuck will commence with a program on Wednesday, September 6, featuring an artist talk, a conversation, and a musical performance. There will be a print object produced for the occasion, and other objects for sale and for looking. Come support the artists, spend time with the work, and enjoy our reception!

With a serious interest in story-telling and time-based perspective, Owen Ahearn-Browning creates through singing, performance art, writing, comic book-making, and drawing. His narrative thread spans time and space, pulling content from television and his own childhood with equally powerful immediacy and sense of ownership. With these cryptic, humorous drawings on note cards, a fluid feeling of connective understanding binds the viewer immediately to the work. Deceptively simple statements of objective truths are both ironic and deeply sincere. Ahearn-Browning's Book about Furniture was recently published for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair. He has been creating artwork at Center for Creative Works since 2014, and he lives in Bala Cynwyd.


Aimee Gilmore is a multi-media artist currently based out of Philadelphia. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a minor in textile design from Moore College of Art & Design. Aimee works in sculpture, installation and printmaking and explores the topic of motherhood focusing on the continuously shifting and complex binaries, like connection and separation that shape the role.


Emily (or E.) Slater is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. Her work looks at relationships of reciprocal transformation and reconfiguration between bodies, spaces, and language systems. In particular, she is interested in the alternative possibilities that arise from the twisting and reshaping of our worlds. Emily received her BA with a major in Fine Art and a minor in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Most recently, she has shown work at Tiger Strikes Astroid, the Woodmere Art Museum, and Fjord Gallery in Philadelphia as well as The Luminary in St. Louis. Until recently, she used Belshaw as her last name for studio work. IG: @emily.slater_ WEB: emilyslater.net.



March 28, 2017: COMMUNITY FUTURISMS: MAPPING MEMORIES 001

An installation of sound, maps, surveys, and ephemera from the quantum time capsule of Community Futures Lab, a pop-up oral history/oral futures recording lab, community resource library, workshop space, and gallery located in North Philadelphia exploring eminent futures and temporal domains of housing and displacement. Community Futurisms considers time, memory, and temporality as experienced by people and communities identifying as Black or African-American in the United States and across the diaspora and explores alternative and cultural, communal, and personal temporal-spatial frameworks.



January 19, 2017: NIGHT OF ZINE MAKING

Kick off a semester of zine workshops by coming together to produce zine pages in a fun and dynamic collaborative event. Before being xeroxed and bound, the zine pages will be installed on the KWH Brodsky gallery walls for the first exhibition of the new year!



November 9, 2016: BODY PARTY: WORKS BY LIZ BARR

Liz Barr is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia and a recent graduate of the Penn Undergraduate Fine Arts Program. She generally works around the themes of beauty, ritual, religion, pop culture, and gender-based power dynamics.



September 29, 2016: DAMAGE WITHOUT INJURY: WORKS BY LINDSAY BUCHMAN

Damage Without Injury is an exhibition featuring LINDSAY BUCHMAN's interdisciplinary work spanning photography, artist books and writing, centering the themes of private and public memory in conversation with the archive.



April 18, 2016: activating the archive: the symbiosis project

Help us celebrate the latest issue of SYMBIOSIS, the annual Penn publication featuring artist/writer collaborations, at this month's BRODSKY GALLERY OPENING. Enjoy a statement by editor-in-chief, Gina DeCagna, and become a part of our interactive and collaborative art exhibit, while getting the chance to mingle with Symbiosis staff and collaborators.

For more information and the chance to read this year's edition online, please visit Symbiosis' website.


January 2016: Organize Your Own: Organized by Daniel Tucker

Organize Your Own is an exhibition and event series featuring new work by contemporary artists and poets that responds to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing their own working-class white neighborhoods in Philadelphia (the October 4th Organization) and Chicago (the Young Patriots Organization) in keeping with the mandate from the Black Power movement to "organize your own" community against racism. The exhibit features work by the following artists: Mary Patten (Chicago), Dave Pabellon (Chicago), Dan S Wang (Madison), Rosten Woo (Los Angeles), Robby Herbst (Los Angeles), Mat Neff (Philadelphia), Amber Art and Design (Philadelphia), Works Progress with Jayanthi Kyle (Minneapolis), Irina Contreras (Oakland), and Anne Braden Institute (Louisville). Major support for Organize Your Own has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

For more information please visit OYO's website.


November 2015: The Limner: Works by Sinead Cahill

On Wednesday, November 16th, the Writers House debuted a new Brodsky Gallery opening featuring Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts graduate Sinead Cahill. Cahill's show was called "The Limner," and the title was featured on a broadside designed by students working at the Robison Press. Before attendees walked through the gallery, Cahill shared a presentation about her methods and the evolution of her art. Cahill works primarily with fabrics and the lithograph, designing pieces as varied as fabric sculptures, Girl Scout-style badges, and tiny pillows. Her Girl Scout-style badges are all inspired by specific people or places in her life and she said the project of making them was a way of finding her own place in the world and specifically Philadelphia. She often begins with drawings which are transferred to the lithograph -- drawings that are, as she put it "not about what they are but instead about what they become."


September 2015: Poetry and the Art of the Book